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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on May 9, 2010 at 12:19 am
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Building Skills & Fun at Children’s Museum of Seattle

Warning!  All adults must be accompanied by a child!  The Children’s Museum of Seattle encourages and celebrates the joy of discovery for visitors of all ages, but most especially for children.  Located on the first level of the Center House at the Seattle Center, the museum is designed for children up to 10 years of age and their families.  The exhibits are all interactive, encouraging touching, playing, and learning, and are sturdy enough to withstand some reasonably vigorous activities.

playing with tinkertoys Although the exhibit are lots of fun, they are also designed to stimulate a child’s mind by allowing them to role play, problem solve, and develop eye-hand coordination.  It reminds me of playing the way I did when I was a kid – just let your imagine run wild and try it all.

The Museum has 11 permanent exhibits, an art studio, two classrooms, a gallery for traveling and temporary exhibits, a story telling circle, and a resource library, and offers workshops, camps, and weekend programming.

Highlights include:

  • Imagination Studio (current stations include Recycled Materials Sculptures, Clay Sculpting Table, Painting Station, and a Monthly Theme Station)
  • Cog City (a maze of lifts, levers, and pipes), Go Figure! (larger than life storybooks)
  • Global Village (adventures from different world cultures)
  • Mountain Forest (simulated mountain adventure)
  • Discovery Bay (exploration for infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age)
  • The Neighborhood (just like the real thing)

Currently the Museum is celebrating the 95th birthday of the Tinkertoy with the Build Your Imagination exhibit (through May 23rd, 2010).  The exhibit includes giant Tinkertoy building pieces that are sure to delight.  I LOVED Tinkertoys as a kid, and a visit to this exhibit will bring out that kid in all of us!

Location: The Children’s Museum, Seattle is located at 305 Harrison, in the Center House on the Seattle Center campus (map).

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-6 pm.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Admission: $7.50 Adults and Children; $6.50 Grandparents, FREE for infants under one years of age.

Parking:  Some street parking available and numerous pay lots are within walking distance.

Photo credit: cathyse97 @flickr

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  • Christina says:

    I live across the street from Houston’s Children’s Museum and I love listening to the kids play outside all day. I planned on writing a piece about it soon and now you’ve prompted me to move it up in my editorial calendar!

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